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Archive for the month “January, 2013”

Conference: Rhetoric, between the Theory and Practice of Politics


Venue: CEHUM, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal 
Date: June 21-22, 2013
The event is organized by the Political Theory Group of CEHUM, University of Minho

Call for papers:
As one of the consequences of the lingering process of corrosion of the rationalist assumptions of the Enlightenment project, in the last decades we have witnessed an attempt in different areas of the humanities to revive the central role rhetoric used to have in antiquity. Despite its political origins, however, the contribution of political theory to this important endeavour has only come of late, as more and more theorists have started to expose the rhetorical nature of politics in multiple manners: showing how it can be used to offer more sophisticated accounts of public deliberation, more attentive toward emotive aspects and contexts; or revealing it as an important manifestation of practical reason; or studying its presence in canonical thinkers and critical moments in the history of political thought; or finally, taking it as an inspiring source for a post-foundationalist emancipatory political theory.

In order to propose a paper, an abstract of no more than 500 words should be sent to
(with “Rhetoric and Politics 2013 Submission” in the subject line of the message)

The deadline for the abstract is 1 February 2013
Conference fees:
€60 for students (BA, MA and PhD levels)
€90 for non-students

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Call for Papers: Values, crisis and democracy

Values, crisis and democracy
Authors’ Conference organized by GESIS Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences
Date: September 26-27, 2013
Venue: Cologne, Germany

The crisis that has affected the global economy during the last years is experienced in diverse ways in different countries. The economic decline has affected people’s involvement in political and social life, the relationships between citizens and public institution and the general public attitudes towards states and their role in redistributing resources within society.
The effects are moderated by macro level frameworks like public and social policies, but patterns of social values play a role, too. Generally speaking, social values shape and are shaped by historical, political, cultural and socio-economic features of each society.
Different scholars studying social values have drawn maps to delineate geographical regions with particular value patterns, depending on the main values orientation shared by the population (like Schwartz, Inglehart, Welzel or Hofstede).
Is there any connection between the map of social values and the effects of economic crisis? Does the crisis reshape social values producing change in the main pattern of values orientation at country level?

The deadline for abstract submission is 30th of January 2013.

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Regional Studies Association European Conference 2013

Regional Studies Association European Conference 2013
“Shape and be Shaped: The Future Dynamics of Regional Development”
Sponsor: Regional Studies Association
Dates: May 05, 2013-May 08, 2013
Location: University of Tampere, Finland
Proposal or Application Due: January 27, 2013

Conference Description:

In the many regions and localities of the world, there is an ever-growing need to find new solutions for the future, as they are increasingly confronted with intertwined sets of ecological, social and economic difficulties as well as new opportunities brought to them by the globalizing economy. Indeed, there is a need to work for more balanced and sustainable development and cross the many institutional boundaries that prevent new solutions from being created.

Of course to promote balanced sustainable regional development is a huge challenge in a world that is characterised by an almost pathological race for short-term profits, short-sighted politics, conflicts of interests and a search for quick fixes. Additionally, it is not possible to only rely on state interventions as regional development more often than not, is a collective process involving networks of public, private and semi-public actors in which no organisation has a predestined primacy in governance. To overcome these, and many other potential bottlenecks of balanced regional development, new ways to shape it are needed.

Positions Available at IPSAS for the 2013 Academia Sinica Fellowships for Doctoral Candidates in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Application for the 2013 Academia Sinica Fellowships for Doctoral Candidates in the Humanities and Social Sciences has begun. The deadline is March 20, 2013.The Fellowship appointment is awarded for a one-year period (July 1, 2013 ~ June 30, 2014), during which at least two or three days a week must be spent at Academia Sinica.

Applicants need to have the endorsement of one of the IPSAS researchers, as his/her advisor, and have the advisors signature on the applications form. Each applicant should submit to IPSAS the following documents:

(1)      a completed application form

(2)      a curriculum vitae;

(3)      an official copies of his/her Ph.D. academic records;

(4)      a research plan;

(5)      reprints of publications

(6)      two letters of recommendation from the associated academic institution (written in English or Chinese and mailed directly to IPSAS)

  The application should be submitted in triplicate. Application Form and Guidelines for the Academia Sinica Fellowships for Doctoral Candidates in the Humanities and Social Sciences are available at


Ms. Vivienne Fang-ju Lin


Tel: (02)2652-5306

Add: Institute of Political Science, 128 Academia Rd., Sec. 2, Nankang, 115 Taipei, Taiwan, ROC

ACSS 2013 – The Fourth Asian Conference on the Social Sciences

The International Academic Forum in conjunction with its global partners is proud to announce the Fourth Asian Conference on the Social Sciences.

Venue:  the Ramada Hotel, Osaka, Japan 

Date: June 6-9 2013.

Theme: “Society, Environment and Trust: Towards Sustainable Systems of Governance

This year’s conference will again include a variety of presenters representing a wide range of social science disciplines, expressing divergent views, searching for common ground, and creating the synergies that can inspire multidisciplinary collaborations. In developing these relationships among ourselves, the role of the social sciences is strengthened as we take our place at the table, along with scholars in the STEM disciplines (i.e., science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), in seeking solutions to the complex issues and problems of the 21st century.

Call for Papers Deadline: February 1, 2013

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The Cross-strait Relation Updates: Challenges and Prospects

Global Issues Series: The Cross-strait Relation Updates: Challenges and Prospects

Speaker:Dr. Fu-Kuo Liu, Research Fellow, IIR, NCCU / Executive Director, MCSS

Time:10:00 – 12:15, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013

Location:The Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs, MOFA (2F, No. 280, Sec. 1, DunHua South Road, Taipei)
Organizers:American Institute in Taiwan(AIT)‧Center for Security Studies(MCSS)
Please use the link listed below for registration.
This conference is in English.
Please register before Jan. 24. If you have any questions, please contact:
The Center for Security Studies invites and welcomes everyone interested to attend.

Ph.D. Dissertation Workshop in Global Political Economy

The Balsillie School of International Affairs will be hosting a dissertation workshop for Ph.D. students working on global/international political economy on April 25-26 2013.
The workshop will give Ph.D. students the opportunity to present their work in progress to an interdisciplinary audience of faculty and doctoral students.

Deadline for participant registration:
April 10, 2013.

Contact Details:
Derek Hall
The Balsillie School of International Affairs and Wilfrid Laurier University

8th International Conference on Public Policy and Management

Centre for Public Policy: 8th International Conference on Public Policy and Management
Date:  August 12-14, 2013
Venue: Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB Campus)

The Centre for Public Policy at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore invites you to the 8th International Conference on Public Policy and Management. The special theme for the conference is INFRASTRUCTURE: Hard and Soft. The three-day international event aims to bring together scholars, practitioners and experts from multi-disciplines for diverse discussion. The Conference committee invites papers analysing ‘Infrastructure’ from various perspectives as well as papers on public policy issues.

Creation of world-class infrastructure has been recognised as a key priority and a necessary condition for sustaining the growth momentum of the economy. Hard infrastructure refers to physical components that support our society such as transport, power, communication, land, port, bridges so forth. Soft infrastructure includes rules and regulations governing various systems, service delivery and institutions required for human development. Proposals for organising panels and tracks are also invited. Kindly include names of possible panelists and their affiliations in your proposals.


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2nd Annual International Conference on Law, Regulations and Public Policy

2nd Annual International Conference on Law, Regulations and Public Policy
Date: 17-18 June 2013
Venue: Singapore

Conference Theme:
The laws of the land lay the foundations of peace and order, and to ensure people progress in all aspects of their lives – whether in business, education, travel, health or recreation. The role of public officials is to create, scrutinize, implement and uphold the laws in order to protect the rights of every individual, corporate entity or institution. Educators of law thus possess the task of not only shaping each and every generation of legal practitioners into knowledgeable and responsible agents, but also the study of issues which surround the practice of law and its implementation across jurisdictions.
Keynote Address “Public Participation in Law Making and Policy Formulation: Emerging Trends” will be delivered by: Dr. K. C. Sunny, University of Kerala, India
Keynote Address “Competition vs. Financial Stability: The Case of Merging Banks in Time of Crisis and the Role of the State” will be delivered by: Professor Ioannis Kokkoris, University of Reading, UK



  • Copyright Law; Labour Law
  • Environmental and Energy Law
  • Human Rights/Civil Liberty; Tourism Law
  • Immigration Law; Criminal Law
  • Media Law

Regulations & Public Policy:

  • Public Policy; Defense Policy
  • Terrorism and Anti-Drugs Policy
  • Immigration Law including citizenship
  • Criminal Law including foreign and security
  • Regional Development Policy; Social Policy

Deadline for papers: 15th February 2013
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8th Pan – European Conference on International Relations

8th Pan-European Conference on International Relations
“One International Relations or Many?
Multiple Worlds, Multiple Crises”
Date: 18th – 21st September 2013
Venue: Warsaw, Poland
Organiser: the Standing Group on International Relations in cooperation with the Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw and the Polish Association for International Studies

We are particularly interested in the plurality of perspectives that exist within (and can be brought into) IR in order to highlight how these different perspectives allow us to see four things: (1) our view of IR as a discipline; (2) our conception of ‘the world(s)’ that we live in and study; (3) our view of what is important and/or appropriate for IR to study in the world(s) that we live in; (4) our assessment of crises and their significance, which extends to whether we view them as crises or not in the first place (and thus the question ‘crises for whom?’). In other words, are there many rather than one International Relations and does this mean that there are multiple worlds and crises which IR scholars could study? And why and how does this matter?
Call for Paper and Panel Proposals:
The conference consists of almost 50 sections on a wide range of topics; each section will comprise of either 5 or 10 panels. The sections are:

  • Asian International Studies in Multiple Worlds
  • Crises: The Post-Soviet Area
  • Crises – Whose Crises? Autocratic Regimes and the (re-)construction of the ‘World in Crisis’
  • Critical Military Studies
  • Critical Relations of International Relations and Islam
  • Culture(s) in International Relations: Cultural Turn and Cultural Trap
  • Democratizing World Society: Post-national Perspectives and Opposing Views
  • Diplomatic Practice in a Crisis World
  • English School
  • European Foreign Policy
  • Feminist Global Political Economy
  • Global Affairs: Challenges to European Foreign Policy
  • Harnessing Globalization
  • Historical International Relations
  • Inequalities and Global Institutional Order
  • Political Parties and Foreign Policy
  • Securitisation and Politicisation: Invocations of Crisis and Emergency
  • Securitization Theory: A New Framework for Analysis
  • State Identity Policies in Post-Crisis Period: Theories and Cases
  • The Financial Crisis and the Eurozone: International Political Economy in Question
  • The Politics of Foreign Aid
  • Understanding Cooperation in Peace Processes: Diversity of Actors, Unity of Action?
  • Understanding the Euro Crisis, etc.
    The closing date for paper and panel proposals is on Sunday 24 February 2013.
    For more information, please visit:

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